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RATINGS: 1003   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Made from our award-winning imperial stout, rated one of the top 50 best beers in the world in 2008. This bodacious oatmeal Russian imperial stout will crush you like no other. This is the grand-daddy of all stout styles, with an intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor. A robust hop character adds a refreshing balance. Aged in Heaven Hill Whiskey barrels.

Batch 1 - Gold Cap - April 2009
Batch 2 - Gold Cap - July 2009
Batch 3 - Green Cap - Oct 2009
Batch 4 - Black Cap - 2010
Batch 5 - Red Cap - 2011

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suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Pours jet black with a small tan head. The head lingers until about half way through, and leaves no lacing. But that is probably because the beer coats the glass in an oil slick. Predominant smell is alcohol, somewhat like whiskey - no surprise, it’s aged in whiskey barrels. Mixed in are hints of chocolate, wood, malt, and roasted barley. Chocolate, anise, whiskey - just faintly though, caramel, and something tart - just can’t place it right now. A little sweet, no hint of hops though they are there somewhere. Oil has been dumped into my mouth. This coats and stays. The alcohol is very evident, but it is played against the sweetness very well. The carbonation is pretty much gone in this beer the minute you pour it, but it does not detract from the awesome taste whatsoever. One bottle is pushing it in a session for this. Luckily, or lucky for my wife, I split a bottle. Although I could try drinking a couple of these in a sitting, I’m afraid of what I might do while under the effect of this frog. Great beer, much better than the DL that has been hyped to no end needlessly.

Nickls (2591) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle) Poured with a foamy/creamy darkish tan head; deep dense jet black color; looks viscous and thick. In the aroma, straight whisky aromas at first; tame roastiness; bittersweet chocolate notes; some booze sneaks in as well. Bourbon/whisky with a hint of vanilla; then very bitter chocolate and deep roasted maltiness that just hints at a bit of sweetness. Not nearly as thick as the pour had suggested, but certainly a substantial body; bit viscous and very soft carbonation; very warming finish that was a bit dry. Lovely here in the palate. Nicely drinkable, but obviously a slow sipper. This is best split after dinner with someone, but really drinkable given the depth and reach of the brew. Overall, I really think this is a really nice brew, but I have to say that I really enjoy the regular BORIS just as much if not more.

FatPhil (16960) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 19, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2017 660ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
7 sweet rich vanilla aroma, quite like pesapuu
4 black, brief tan head
7 drier than I expected, slightly nutty taste as well as the coffeelike roast
4 full smooth sweet palate, carbonation low. finish dry, and more than a little alcoholic.
14 Certainly tasty, But too much of a band-wagon follower. Sweet smooth vanilla coffee roast, but not quite up to the standards set by weaker or less boozy ones.
Rerate: 660ml bottle - (7:4:7:4:15=3.7)
OK, that’s a great stout. More beer, less gimmicky aspects. Like it. A lot.

nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 The aroma is very nice with whiskey barrel, toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and cream. The appearance is black with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thick and appropriate for the style. Overall this is a very good beer. Yummy.

jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2010
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a very small amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with hints of vanilla and a lingering aftertaste.

WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
OK ... it’s becoming a cliche to make something very dark, very alcoholic, and then barrel age it. Preferably in whiskey barrels. But this one just works. Almost black and almost opaque, tiny head, almost no lacing. Nose of chocolate and bourbon, sweet dark roast, and American hops. Mouth feel is thick, viscous, silky smooth. Taste is sweet malts, chocolate, bourbon, and hops for balance. Delightful.

SE_OhioBrewMan (10) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2010
What an awesome beer. A great rich aroma and a deep rich roasted taste. I can taste either coffee or chocolate. I had been waiting for a while to get a bottle of this and it did not disappoint. Great aroma and crushing flavor. Can’t wait to get some more of this. .

Sammy (12637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2010
Thick black pour with some bubbly white head. Full of roasted aromas. The taste lives up to the hype, the brewery steps it up a notch. The whiskey adds to the complexity, it is not obtrusive to the thick roast and chocolate, and nuttiness. Delicious.

ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
22 oz bottle served in an English pint. Pour is motor oil with a thick tan foam. Nose is oatmeal, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, and raisons/dark fruit. Taste is the same, but the dark fruits really give it a sweet flavor which works very well in this brew. The body is also extraordinarily light for beer of this viscosity. A fantastic brew that I would drink at every chance I get!

Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2010
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom! It’s pitch black with a dark-brown, creamy head and the aroma has notes of roasted malt, oats, vanilla, wood, chocolate and dark fruits. The flavour is sweet with notes of raisin, vanilla, wood, hints of whisky, oats, chocolate and dark fruits. It’s very complex and nice, but to be honest, I prefer the normal B.O.R.I.S.

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